Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is to both educate and also cause a smile or two. I have no desire to debate the medications I am on or to try out the leaf your third cousin rubbed on her wrist when it hurt and it magically cured her. I’m not into healing crystals or any rock therapy. Yes, the root of the rare plant from Brazil is most likely the cure I’ve been looking for. Anyone who saw me with zero medications in the hospital would realize I’m doing better with medications, than without. No, I’m not interested in doing illegal drugs and I still almost always want to do the opposite of whatever “Dr.” Oz says.
Anyways, the breakfast of champions. Mmmm my favorite, handful of pills. *It’s hard to type sarcasm, but I have faith that you picked up on it.*
Did you know that there are currently NO FDA-approved medications for the treatment of POTS? Essentially, what doctors all around the world are doing, is trying to control individual symptoms as best they can. So for me, my tachycardia is a major cause of my passing out. Passing out is not healthy so my team of doctors have me on beta-blockers that help to lower my heart rate. The problem with beta blockers is that they also lower blood pressure. Low blood pressure leads to passing out. So that’s basically the way the game works. When we need something to raise the blood pressure we add in Florinef, and so on and so on.
Then the side effects are the next step. Are the side effects worse than not being on the drug? Is there something we can prescribe to treat the side effect of the drug, without providing other side effects from the ‘side effect treating drug’ (say that three times fast!) It’s a tricky game. When you wonder why someone with POTS is on at times so many medications, it is probably because of this cycle.
Not to mention, those of us with autoimmune stuff and other conditions on top of POTS are usually taking something as some form of suppressive therapy just hoping that maybe, MAYBE we can avoid a flare up of something else. POTS is selfish and possessive. It doesn’t want to share the spotlight or play well with other conditions. When something else flares up, it just makes POTS that much worse, guaranteeing that it never loses it’s top position of importance.
It’s really just a delicate dance if you think about it and this is also part of why changing medications happens so often. Always trying to keep everything playing nice with each other and figure out which side effects are the most tolerable.
My doctors sometimes communicate well with each other, but usually I’m the one who really keeps track of which meds I am on at which times. The other fun thing about specialists is that they know a lot about their field, their organ, or their specific issue. Usually putting it all together is not interesting to a specialist. I like to have the peace of mind to know that just in case they don’t look at my current list of meds before prescribing another or a different one, that I can check on my own to make sure there are no problems combining medications.
Here is a link to check out the interactions your medications cause with each other. It’s nice to know just to make sure nothing got overlooked.
This morning my brother saw the picture above and instantly the big blue pill reminded him of a scene from the TV show King of Queens. The episode centers around Carrie’s father not wanting to take the pill he lovingly calls ‘big blue’. Enjoy a laugh!